Fracking bills in Legislature fuel city-control debate
Dallas Morning News: It was standing room only at a House hearing on two bills that would restrict how cities can regulate oil and gas activities.
A Victory for Activists – Council May Retain Oversight of Austin Energy
Austin Chronicle: It appears that most Council members have backed away from the wildly unpopular idea of surrendering control of the city’s largest asset to an unaccountable panel of professionals.
Texas appealing to other states for radioactive trash, looks to expand program
Fox News: A measure that would allow three-dozen states to dump even hotter radioactive waste at a West Texas nuclear facility is picking up steam as it makes its way through the state legislature — despite growing opposition from environmental groups who argue the economic incentives shouldn’t trump public safety concerns.
The long-term recycling deal
Charles Kuffner: The deal that had been in the works called for 15,000 recycling carts this year and 1,500 carts a year thereafter. That sounds like a lot until you realize that we have 270,000 households serviced by Houston’s Solid Waste department that do not have the big bins.
No-bid recycling contract could get held up
Houston Chronicle: There’s a 20-year no-bid contract fro Houston’s recycling program on today’s City Council agenda. Environmentalists and Council Members are questioning the wisdom of the contract and pushing for an open, competitive bidding process.
Lovell: Nuclear energy? No, it’s a bad deal for Austin
Austin American-Statesman Op-Ed: Instead of nuclear power, the task force recommended keeping bills low using energy efficiency, renewables, and gas while ramping down our share of the Fayette coal plant.
SMU professor Al Armendariz named EPA region administrator
Dallas Morning News: Texas environmentalists lobbied in support of Armendariz, arguing that the region needed an environmental advocate with strong scientific credentials.
Appointee for a Day
Mineral Wells Index: As a representative of the general public, McQuaid was called upon to resign from the council because of his conflict of interest with his wife being in the waste industry.